On Order: Phat Company Lily

Over the passed month I’ve been telling myself that I need to stop buying figures and save money. There are many reasons for this, but it seems I’m ignoring all of them having just ordered my 5th figure this week.

Lily seems to be creating a bit of controversy on the Internets. She’s not wearing  a bra, she seems like a slutty adult Rin, she’s got a tramp stamp, she’s jumped Luka by getting a figure before her… I suppose all of which are valid points to their various perspectives. Personally, I kind of like that she’s an adult Rin and I don’t think she’s slutty in appearance necessarily. Perhaps it’s the tramp stamp which I admit, I’m not fond of either as I’m very much against tattoos, or perhaps it’s the lack of a bra, either way though I still don’t feel that makes her slutty per se. The thing that bugs me the most about her is actually her thighboots, they just seem so… pirate-like.

Lily’s also sculpted by YOSHI, the sculptor of one of my favourite figures, the original Hatsune Miku. So basing opinion of passed works, one should expect I’ll be quite content with Lily, I hope this is true. However if we continue to base off passed works, dear god that’s a price increase. Miku retailed for ¥5,239 in 2008 move forward 2.5 years and Lily’s price is 148% that of Mikus! Have things really become that much more expensive to produce? Anyway, Lily is expected to be released in January of 2011, she’ll be 1/8th and is produced by an unknown company who seems to specialize in producing Alpaca’s of all colours including even a Black Rock Alpaca!

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-Aka

Comments

  1. Sloth says:

    I’m surprised you can make such an easy decision to buy something from a totally unkown company.

    I find this figure very interesing, I don’t know if I love it or hate it. There’s a lot going on with her attire and colours. I think the hair looks a little too highlighted, it worked in VN02’s case but I’m not so sure here.

    • Aka says:

      I don’t really see it as much of a gamble at all. YOSHI is a known sculptor, the figure’s featured on Good Smile Company’s site…. which actually makes me wonder, did they decide to use Phat Company because Good Smile Company has a license agreement with Crypton and Lily’s an Avex character? Perhaps it’s just a work around a licensing agreement already in place.

      Eitherway, I feel she’ll turn out, Good Smile Company even with all their faults doesn’t make terrible product, and I can’t imagine them featuring a terrible product lest it damage their name.

  2. Ashlotte says:

    Yea Phat is part of the GSC “family” in the same way FREEing and Max is so I wouldn’t be too worried about quality…

    Still I dislike Lily. Not a fan of her voice and this design is just so…ugh no.

    If they made a figure of Iroha that I would actually get especially the casual clothes version…

  3. Tier says:

    I’m really liking Lily a lot. I’m not too fond of most of the Vocaloid character designs and a lot of that is because they seem to have no apparent personality; a lot of the Miku figures I see have basically the same pose, the same smile, the same vacant stare (okay, the Taka Tony one is a bit different, but she still looks like a generic cheerful anime girl [and to be frank, a lot of Tony’s art looks like that, when he’s not doing porn]). You wouldn’t even know that she has anything to do with music if you weren’t familiar with the character. In contrast, this Lily figure is expressive as hell; she’s not just a cheerful anime girl, she’s a rock star and she knows it.

    • Aka says:

      You’re right on Miku and it’s one of I think everyone’s peeves. I own two Mikus, but neither are anywhere near the same, World is Mine and the original. World is Mine I think has a nice personality, and the original is good because she’s the original, every single Miku figure has copied that original for the most part.

      Tony has a habit of making the same face over and over again. I’m sure there are subtle differences because everytime I see one I can recognize teh character it’s supposed to represent, but is that hair and eyes only?

      You’re right though about Tony’s Miku and many others, there’s little to reference the musical backgrounds of the character, though I must argue, I believe in nearly all she’s wearing or has headphones on and generally a mic attached. At least, my original Miku does. And given that Miku doesn’t play an instrument, nor does she do the rock thing generally, I think it’s hard to make her seem musical, she’s very much just an idol.

      Lily however looks like the lead singer from a rock band for sure, and through that she’s able to have more personality. You can have the monitor speaker on the ground in front of her. Though, I’d argue still that her face is lacking the required emotion. If she’s going to be up on the monitor holding the mic stand she should be about to scream some lines into the mic. Not the cheerful anime girl face she has.

  4. Rajura says:

    All I can say is that that is one bright figure!!!

    By the looks of her costume and color scheme, I think she spent some time with one of my favorite bands… Stryper. Maybe… a little?

    • Aka says:

      You and those 80s glam metal bands! Interesting specific genre though, Christian glam metal, never thought such a thing would exist.

      She’s definitely bright though.

  5. radiant says:

    Actually, thigh-high boots were the fashion trend of last fall/winter and are still in this year.

    As “pirate-y” as it may seem (even to me) it’s definitely sexy.

    I can see the slutty-factor that people are talking about though. Thigh-high boots used to be called “fuck me boots” in the 80’s and 90’s and for good reason.

    I was very tempted to get this figure. It’s a great looking figure, with some great features. But yeah, too many figures now. 🙁

    • Aka says:

      I do not find pirate boots to be sexy. But kneehigh boots certainly have their charm in the proper styles anyway.

      Fuck me boots tend to be referred to as hooker boots, here anyway, but same connotation.